Welcome to Born in the Fifties

My name is Robyn and I look after Born in the Fifties. It enjoy finding childhood memories  to share and hope you enjoy them with me. It would be wonderful to hear your memories and perhaps the things I post with bring back some fond memories for you which you share in a comment.

I was born in a country town in 1954 and grew up in that town enjoying a great childhood of freedom in 1950s and 60s. I moved to Melbourne in the early 1970s when I finished school which was a little daunting for a girl who grew up in a country town but also lots of fun. I moved to the city to look for work and began my working life as a office junior or “Girl Friday” as it was called back then.

I have fond memories of a childhood when children could play outside all day with the other kids who lived in the street day only coming home when it was dark. The corner Milk Bar had a large display of lollies in boxes so you could choose the ones you wanted to buy. I remember listening to programs on the radio as a child and the excitement when we got a TV at home.


The photos above are my first baby photos which was taken in the kitchen as you can see part of kitchen cabinet in the background in one. The third photo was taken in the front garden at my grandparents house with my favourite doll. I am wearing my good “Sunday best” clothes including a ribbon in my hair and there was always an expectation that you would not get your good clothes dirty which at times was difficult when you are a child.


1 Comment

  1. I remember wearing an apron, or “pinny” as we called it, most days when I was a little girl to keep my clothes from getting dirty. Unlike today we did not have lots of clothes in the wardrobe and mum only did the washing once a week so you wore your clothes for a couple of days and the apron helped to keep them clean. Our Sunday best outfit was only to be worn on very special occasions and to Sunday School or church.

    I love the photos of my husband as a little boy in his Sunday best outfit as he is wearing shorts with a neatly pressed line down the front of each leg. It would have been hard for him to keep his Sunday best clothes clean as he had 2 brothers and we all know 3 boys can get into a lot of mischief together.

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